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Organising a Barbecue for Special Occasions

August 4th, 2019 | by Melissia Crossman

Organising a Barbecue for Special Occasions

barbecuing is a time-honoured tradition all over the world. It holds a special place in our hearts—and our stomachs. There are tons of different occasions on which to throw a barbecue, but not all of them are probably the best ideas. For instance, you probably don’t want a wedding barbecue, but having one at a picnic or birthday party is the perfect setting.

Similarly, you wouldn’t want to barbecue indoors, but an outdoor barbecue would be perfect for family outings and camping trips. Here’s a quick look at barbecuing for different occasions.

Organising a Barbecue for Special Occasions

Organising a Barbecue for Special Occasions

Different Occasions that are Perfect for barbecuing

For starters, most people barbecue during outdoor gatherings, but this doesn’t have to mean going far from home. barbecue parties at home provide an excellent way to celebrate holidays and birthdays. For instance, inviting your friends and family over for an all-British barbecue is a great way to catch up with loved ones.

Home barbecue grills are typically kept on the back deck or in the garden and run on propane. These models are portable, most having wheels to make them easily mobile. This comes in handy should the wind start blowing in the direction of the party guests—you can just move the grill so the smoke doesn’t bother them.

And while these grills are generally weather and element proof, their mobility gives owners the option of bringing them indoors into the garage or basement during extreme weather or colder months. For rainy weather and standard elements, a grill cover will suffice.

You can also get charcoal barbecue grills. Most purists prefer the taste that meat gets cooked over charcoal as opposed to propane grills. You can even put some wood chips on the barbecue to get a smokier flavour into the meat, though some think this infuses the meat with carcinogens.

Barbecuing away from home

Barbecuing away from home

Barbecuing away from home

If you’d like to barbecue away from your house, you have a few options. Most parks and camping areas have built-in grills that cook on charcoal. These are typically bare bones grills, consisting of a cast iron grilling surface and a cast iron box for the coals. Nevertheless, they provide a great way to barbecue outdoors without having to lug your own grill around.

For barbecuing at the beach or in other public areas, most people prefer a grill that is low to the ground so as not to create a lot of extra carrying baggage. Grills like this are typically between 14 and 36 inches, meaning you’ll probably have to cook in small batches.

Other portable devices run on small propane tanks, providing you a cleaner fuel source that creates almost no smoke. This is preferable in extremely public areas as the less smoke you create, the more considerate you are being. Unfortunately, most of these grills aren’t much larger than their charcoal counterparts, but because of their fuel source, many come with burners that can accommodate pots and pans for extra cooking options.

That’s all for this time, but at least it provides some useful information in planning for your Summer parties – if the weather stays good of course


Barbecue Steak Sandwich

August 4th, 2019 | by Melissia Crossman

As I write this blog post it is currently raining outside but what a run we have had with the weather? The sunshine has been a truly welcome break from the long and wet summers that we have become so used to in Britain. Rumor has is that the end of August is supposed to give us a bit more of the yellow stuff and that can only mean one thing. Yep, you guessed it barbecues, and lots of them.

Barbecue Steak Sandwich Anyone?

So far this year we have been fortunate enough to attend a number of these meat frenzies and each have been a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. One of my friends is a bit of a steak fiend and this was the number one choice on his menu this year. It was actually so popular that I asked him to share his secret seasoning for the steak; It’s not so secret now Dave.

grilling meat and vegetables - barbecue

Barbecue Steak

Preparing the Steaks

Rump steak is the best choice for this type of thing so allow it to cool to room temperature and trim off any excess fat. Any fat left remaining will shrink faster than the meat and will likely curl when cooking.

Seasoning the Steaks

Steak does not need a great deal of seasoning and Dave explained that an even amount of spices is required an hour or so before grilling to allow the flavours to soak in together.

So what is this secret seasoning I hear you ask? Ok, here goes…… Butter, yes you heard correctly and it’s a really simple process.

Lightly brush the steak with butter and add salt and pepper – that’s all there is to it and it creates a taste sensation.

Barbecue Steak

Barbecue Steak

Cooking the Steaks

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to eating steak, I personally like it well done, but if you are cooking to request then this will give everyone happy. The art of grilling a steak can be a tricky one but over time you will find your own way of doing it. One bit of advice that I can offer you though is to heat up the grill as hot as possible before placing the steaks on the grill.

Place the steaks on the grill when it’s at its optimum temperature and lock in the flavour by searing the meat. Grill each steak for one minute on either side.

Cook for the remaining time turning at regular intervals and remember that a well done steak will be tough, a medium steak will be soft but firm and a rare steak will be soft and juicy.

sirloin steaks on the bbq - barbecue steak

Barbecue Steak

Serving the Steaks

There are so many things that go with steak and the imagination can run wild when you actually think about it. My friend kept it nice and simple so as not to overdo and complicate the proceedings.

Freshly baked crusty rolls and baguettes are a great start for the perfect sandwich and that topped off with fried onions or melted cheeses as well as a selection of sauces certainly make this recipe a taste bud tingler.



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